Apple's services sector is skyrocketing

Apple's services sector is skyrocketing

Services growth is driving Apple's continuing financial success, with a whopping 31 percent increase in services revenue year over year. These services include digital content and services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services. One of the pieces of that services pie that was only noted in a footnote on the Summary Data was a $236 million cash injection that appears to be a result of the final resolution of the Samsung lawsuit.

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Apple World Today News Update: June 8, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 8, 2018

It's been a busy, busy WWDC week! After the keynote, hands-on testing of some of the new operating systems, and so on, we decided to end the week on a light note:

  • Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone 3G! Apple's second iPhone brought 3G "speeds", third-party apps, and the App Store to the mobile device.

  • Apple Music is getting a new feature today -- Coming Soon

  • Today we look at a few of the more notable changes to watchOS 5, like how you access Control Center and Notification Center

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HomePod raises the bar for smart speakers

HomePod raises the bar for smart speakers

One of the other expected announcements today was that of a "Siri Speaker". It happened, but with a totally different name than we expected -- HomePod (available in December in the US, Australia, and UK for $349). The crowd didn't exactly seem enthralled with the name, but the device is quite impressive and as Apple noted, it's meant to redefine music in the home the same way that the iPod redefined portable music.

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Apple Music redesign on the way for iOS 11, including original video content

Apple Music redesign on the way for iOS 11, including original video content

Bloomberg is reporting that a new version of Apple Music -- most likely embedded in iOS 11 -- will ship later this year that begins shifting the emphasis of the service from music to original video programming. The report notes that the new Apple Music service could host upwards of 10 original shows by the end of 2017.

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Iovine: Apple Music to be "An Entire Pop Cultural Experience" including TV shows

Iovine: Apple Music to be "An Entire Pop Cultural Experience" including TV shows

A recent report by the Wall Street Journal indicated that Apple is planning to begin expanding into original TV shows in 2017. Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine talked to reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this weekend and explained why the company's plans include TV as part of its streaming music service.

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Old Man Neil Young has a Heart of Gold, now Rockin' in the Free World on Apple Music

Old Man Neil Young has a Heart of Gold, now Rockin' in the Free World on Apple Music

Remember Neil Young? Well, a Southern Man don't need him around anyhow, but he's back in the Apple Music lineup again. What? You didn't know his music library was gone? Young thinks that digital music is a horrible thing, saying in 2012 that "Steve Jobs was a digital pioneer, but when he went home, he listened to vinyl" and then saying that "Those songs on your iPhone do sound like crap and it's time we demand better-sounding alternative for our digital music." So Young decided to create the PonoPlayer, which was going to be a better way to listen to digital music.

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Apple Music adds an NBC Sports Radio livestream station

Apple Music adds an NBC Sports Radio livestream station

One thing that's been missing from Apple Music is a 24/7 sports talk radio station for sports junkies. Well, sports fanatics, your prayers have been answered! Apple Music today added NBC Sports Radio, featuring live sports talk with pesonalities like Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison, Amani Toomer, and Chris Mannix. 

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AWT News Update: April 25, 2016

AWT News Update: April 25, 2016

We skipped the podcast last Friday -- our apologies, but there just wasn't all that much news about Apple! Today we have a bit more:

  • Bid for lunch and an Apple Event with Apple CEO Tim Cook!
  • Apple supplier Pegatron is in hot water again with China Labor Watch
  • Rapper Drake and Apple Music -- working together
  • Those who won the chance to attend WWDC will find out by the end of today
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Taylor Swift sells out, now shilling for Apple Music

Taylor Swift sells out, now shilling for Apple Music

Pop singer Taylor Swift was no fan of Apple Music last June when the service launched, threatening to keep her album 1989 off of the service in a protest of Apple's royalty policies. Her threatened boycott had the desired effect, with Apple almost immediately responding with a change in how royalties would be paid during a listener's three-month free trial. Now the singer is appearing in a hilarious video for Apple Music that highlights curated playlists.

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Apple Music to host exclusive Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour concert video, and she's on Beats 1 Radio today

Apple Music to host exclusive Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour concert video, and she's on Beats 1 Radio today

At 9 AM PT / Noon ET / 5 PM UK today, Taylor Swift will be talking with DJ Zane Lowe on Apple's Beats 1 radio show. The music star is partnering with Apple to provide a concert video of her 1989 World Tour exclusively on Apple Music starting December 20, 2015, and will also be part of promotions at Apple Stores with displays and Taylor Swift-branded iTunes gift cards.

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